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- 85 & Live - Anika Peterson - 8 stars

85 & Live

85 & Live
(Hellion - 2004)

Well, I just saw the Americans at the Bang-Your-Head festival. This is the band Carl Albert sang in before he joined Villain and later Vicious Rumors. Unfortunately he died in 1995 in a car crash. The band released a mini album in 1985 and fans of US metal are still trying to get hold of a copy. And so everyone who don't own a copy will be happy to get this jewel on CD or on limited colored vinyl!!! Craig Behrhorst and his friends wrote classics like Run For Cover, Fight For Your Life and Eyes Of Fire which stood the test of time. Beside the re-release of the mini album they printed on this CD 6 songs with Carl Albert recorded live in their hometown San Francisco. Okay, the sound is not on the level of today's live recording, but it's decent. Btw, on the vinyl version they put demo tracks instead of the live stuff. The demo was recorded in the late 80's with singer Rich Wilde and offers the following songs Do Or Die, Unchained, Only The Strong and Through Your Eyes. A nostalgic trip back into the 80's. Thanks to Hellion Records for giving us this jewel of US metal.

8 stars

Anika Peterson
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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